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Off-Topic Discussion / Got Some Fires In my Parts
« on: August 10, 2018, 11:57:44 PM »
Hot and dry conditions have set these parts of my roaming grounds into prime fire conditions. Got a new one raising hell down near the town of Lewiston. Another one along the Snake River took off yesterday and is burning up some of my Mule Deer hunting country.  The one out of Riggins is still going and has been doing so for the past few weeks. The one down in sltm1's country cooked off a lot of ground. It hit 107 in Boise today and was 105 at 4pm when I left there to travel home tonight. When I arrived close to home, it was 93 in Lewiston and it is currently 89 degrees here on the homestead tonight at 11:30 pm. I have not checked on the relative humidity levels, but got a good idea of what they are during the day. If we get any lightning storms over the next week, this country is going to turn into a blaze. It has been triple didget temps for a straight week in some areas and hit a high of 110 degrees here at home. There is one hell of a fuel load on the ridges and draws around me that will not provide direct attract from ground crews if it starts up this close. As always, I have my ground well mitigated and will stay put and defend my home, structures, and trees. At daylight, I am going to continue constructing my new blacksmith shop until the heat forces me to seek reprieve. I now wish I had not lost the last two days to attend training for my job on Boise. I could have got a lot more work completed had I been here on the place. But be what it may, it is just weather and the hardy will persevere no matter what comes this way. I just hope folks don't looses their homes like they did a couple years ago. The forcast calls for no let up of the hot conditions for the following week.

Knives, Swords, 'hawks, etc / A New Knife
« on: August 02, 2018, 11:00:31 PM »
I was recently gifted this piece. It is hand forged from a very old file. I gave the file to an up and coming blacksmith after selling him the idea that old files and rasps contain outstanding steel. I never expected to get the file back in the form of pure craftsmanship. I made the sheath for it.

DSCN2182 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2181 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2184 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Conversions / Fresh Pics Of My 1860 Richards/Mason
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:36:06 PM »
I am posting these for the enjoyment of our fine forum members. I took these pics at the headwaters of the Clearwater Mountains during a pack trip this past weekend. This just might be the very first conversion to be packed into this area in the last 140 years. As I have stated in another post, this revolver has went with me on every ride that I have made since getting my mule. It has covered a lot of miles since then.

DSCN2147 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2175 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2167 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2166 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / A Look at the Back Country
« on: June 25, 2018, 10:01:12 PM »
As of now, I have put a bunch of miles on and rode through a lot of different country. I would never get around to posting all of the cool pics that I have taken over the last month, but I did take some time and downloaded a few pics of some country that I spent 3 days in this past week. I am particularly fond of this piece of my world and felt like sharing some images.

On day two, I happened to meet face to face with a black bear and was figuring to be dumped out of the saddle when my mule spooked, but he held fast and things worked out. So far, I am the lucky one in that I have not had a personal rodeo with my mount. Not so for my two partners though. Up to this point, I have not suffered a bruise or a scratch.

I am proud to state that I have packed my Richards/Mason 1860 on every single outing since I first crawled in the saddle of this mule. The revolver has just as many miles on it as I do.

DSCN2107 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2117 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2120 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2124 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2108 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2126 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Virginia Early Pattern Flintlock
« on: June 08, 2018, 11:32:03 AM »
Mulled it over for a couple of years before deciding to have this piece put together by my Montana buddy. We got the project up and running in June of last year. After a long wait for the barrel and stock blank, he got started on it in December. I recently picked up the finished rifle on Memorial weekend.

We had originally decided to copy many of the elements on the original Johanes Faber rifle. However, I wanted a longer barrel and a different style of trigger guard, as well as double set triggers. Our intentions were for me to end up with a Southern rifle that would fit into the 1750/1760 era.

A few particulars of the rifle are; .62 calibre, 48 inch long Rice barrel, Curly Maple stock, Jim Chambers English pattern lock, and a hand pounded butt plate made exclusively for this piece by my other Montana buddy. Subtle engraving is present on the lock plate, barrel tang, side plate, trigger guard, and butt plate. As well, there is some relief carving on the butt stock and wrist. Both the barrel and the lock were left in the white.

I have had it out shooting 3 different times now, and it has proven to be accurate. Rice makes a dang good barrel. The Chambers lock is fast as well. This rifle has a lot of special meaning to me considering who built it.

DSCN4871 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4873 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4870 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4869 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4874 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / A Bunch of Mule Pics
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:37:11 PM »
These were taken over the past few months in various parts of my home country.

DSCN4839 (2) by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4842 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4846 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4862 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1894 - Copy by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1909 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1901 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1941 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1950 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1977 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1960 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1986 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / March 2018 Woods Run
« on: April 20, 2018, 04:49:35 AM »
A few shots taken the first part of March over in Montana. Three of us partook in this run. Spent 3 days on it.

DSCN1822 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1823 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1832 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1834 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1869 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Army Models / 2ND GEN
« on: April 05, 2018, 06:43:00 PM »
Pic was taken this evening. 4/5/2018
DSCN1891 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Wads, Lubes, Patches, Cleaning Supplies, etc / Mind Your Bees Wax
« on: March 24, 2018, 07:36:39 AM »
A bee keeper gave me this partial bucket of grungy wax years ago just after I got into making my own bullet lube. Right after I got it, I renedered down enough for my needs and tossed the bucket in a shed. Well, the damn bucket was in my way yesterday while rumaging through the shed, so I decided to get it all cleaned up and stored properly.

I end up melting each batch down 3 times to remove all of the dirt and bee parts. The muffin pan on the stove and the round pan on the right have been melted once. The one on the left twice.
DSCN4833 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

After each batch has cooled, the bottom layer can be scraped from the cake of wax to get rid of the crud.
DSCN4835 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

A close up view of what the raw wax looks like.
DSCN4834 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

And here sets two nice and clean cakes ready to be wrapped and put away. I will end up with 4 total cakes this size when finished.
DSCN4837 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Conversions / New Model Army Conversion II
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:03:05 PM »
Spent some time in the woods with this revolver today. Wore my new Johnston rig for the second time now.

This piece is a damn fine shooter. It functions perfect and does not foul out. It is not near as good looking as a Colt and does not come close to the feel of one, but it for sure is reliable.

The wide, lighter weight belt wears quite comfortably. Having a money belt is a new experience for me and I am finding that it is a very good way to carry a single action cartridge revolver.

I have a ton of belt rigs that I have made for myself, but when I get to use one from another craftsman that I know personally, it adds a whole bunch of enjoyment and pride that is not present when I wear my own rigs. I really don't have a good way with words to explain what I am trying to convey, but I feel sort of cocky, like I am the owner of limited edition rig. The rig might be something that I could duplicate, but would never have the same feelings using one made from my own hands.

I have a powder horn that causes the same effect when I use it. It was made in Ohio. The builder has seen some of my horns and asked my I would bother to buy one from another builder. I did my best to explain my feelings.

There is a very high degree of honor that builds up in me when I am able to put to use the gear and accoutrements made by the hands of other crafstman. Perhaps that statement alone explains what I was trying to say.

Thanks Mike, you will likely never know just what this rig means to me.

DSCN1797 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1793 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1794 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

1873 SAA Colts / Colt SAA
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:03:22 PM »
Took these pics of my 3rd gen shooter on this very same day and am posting them strictly for entertainment purposes.

DSCN1767 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1746 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1765 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1764 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2673 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Smokeless Single Shots / The Finest Looking 22 Rifle
« on: February 01, 2018, 04:09:06 PM »
I find myself hard pressed to look at, handle, and shoot a single shot 22 rifle that has more appeal than a Stevens Favorite. It does not matter if it is of the 1894, 1915, or 1917 version. The very fact that it is a true lever action is the greatest attribute. They simply remind me of a diminutive 1885 Winchester rifle. Very gracefull overall in the architecture, and made in such a manner where form and function meet at a very pleasing point. They are just flat out damn fine looking pieces.

The one featured here is a 1917 modle. It is one of the few better examples of untouched and well preserved original rifles that I own. I was out shooting it today and got to feeling mighty lucky and fortunate on some of the blessings that have come my way as far as fire arms possession goes. That very feeling compelled me to take and share some pictures with you men.

Every time I shoot one of these original rifles, I get to go back in time when American craftmanship took on a distinct degree of style and sense of pride. They say you can't live in the past, but I do not live by that cliche. I do such a thing several times each week in some form or another. Always remember what ol Locke once said several hundred years ago. "As nothing teaches, so nothing delights more than history."

DSCN1763 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1745 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1760 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1757 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr


Leather / Fresh Off The Bench
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:15:20 AM »
Made for my Richards Mason 1860 conversion. The holster and belt are made from 9 oz. veg tan. The billets on the belt, along with the pouch and knife sheath are made from 7 oz. The holster is of the California pattern with a triple recurve throat and open toe. All pieces were moderately boarder stamped and colored an even "light brown" with Fiebings dye. I used linen thread to hand sew the rig. The pouch will hold an ample supply of twenty 44 calibre cartridges. The belt uses a brass center bar harness buckle to secure it on my waiste.

DSCN1742 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1743 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / Off On Another Venture
« on: January 27, 2018, 12:24:04 AM »
I have spoke of doing this for some years now. Well, the talk is done, it is now going to happen. I brought this john mule home last weekend. Mike and I are going to put together a string. Before I take up the rocking chair, I am going to go and hunt and look at some even wilder Idaho backwoods. And I will tell you boys this, we got some wild, untouched country in these parts.

I have seen many cool parts of Idaho due to the efforts of my own hind leg, but now that I am long in the tooth, it is time to take advantage of a little assistance and go a little higher and deeper. I already have some experience with mules from my guiding days, but now it is time to have my own stock and do it on my own accord.

I somehow think that this new course will be my finest attempt to live life like it should be. I have done some cool stuff with my 18TH Century ventures. I have also cut timber and fought wild fires all over the North West and Alaska. I have rebuilt miles of trail in the Clearwater Mountains. I ran a pack of Walker hounds and caught many a lion. I have hunted and taken several wagon loads of game with the spot and stalk method. I have done a lot of cool stuff, but I have never owned my own mules. I never thought I could. Well, by golly, it is gonna take place now just as sure as I speak. And if one of these mules breaks my neck in the high country, well then, it was meant to be. But by golly, this just might be my last risky adventure before I take up the rocking chair. And here are some pics of one fine damn mule that stands at 16 hands high. He is gonna go to work in the mountains very soon and like what he does.

DSCN1733 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1722 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Lead casting / Scored some more free lead
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:07:33 PM »
This piece weighs 70 pounds. It is fairly soft, but from the looks of the oxidization, I suspect it has an alloy added to it. I am thinking it is tin. I will know more when I melt it down to pour into ingots and then do a hardness check with my Saeco tester.

I never got to talk to my old log cutting partner that dropped it off on my porch while I was gone. He recently had the chance to take it off of some guys hands and was thinking of me when he grabbed it up. All he told me is that it came from a small scale bullet making outfit that had shut down.

It pays to live in a small community surrounded by some good people. They know a bit about you and when something like this becomes available, they immediately say, "Why yes, I do in fact know a guy that would put that to use."

Even though good free lead is getting harder to come by these days, I somehow keep manageing to have it land in my lap. I will soon figure out a purpose for this latest supply.

DSCN1697 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1699 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1698 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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